Celebrate Chinese New Year with San-J Tamari

Monday 16th, February 2015 / 15:01 Written by
Celebrate Chinese New Year with San-J Tamari

From Gluten Free Potstickers and Prosperous New Year Stir Fry to Good Fortune Cookies, All You Need is Tamari!


Using San-J’s premium, gluten-free Tamari soy sauce, Gluten-Free Chef Carol Kicinski has crafted three authentic Chinese New Year dishes, with all the taste and none of the gluten for any holiday or everyday.

NEW! Gluten-Free Chinese New Year Recipes:

  • Lamb Potstickers: Tasty lamb seasoned with Tamari and Sherry  wrapped in rice paper dipped in a tangy Tamari-based dipping sauce. 

Makes 16 potstickers
By Carol Kicinski

Lamb Potstickers2



  • 1 pound Lean Ground Lamb
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger, finely grated
  • ½ cup Red Onion, finely diced (½ small onion)
  • 3 Green onions, white and green parts, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons San-J Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry
  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
  • 32 Small Rice Paper (spring roll) Wrappers
  • Vegetable Oil

Dipping Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons San-J Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons Chili Garlic Sauce

Cooking Instructions


In a mixing bowl, combine the lamb, ginger, red and green onions, San-J Tamari, sherry, and egg. Mix well.

Run one rice paper under cold water until the entire paper is wet. Shakeoff the excess water and place on a cutting board. Immediately wet another rice paper and place it directly on top of the first rice paper and press down to seal the two together. Place a small bowl (3 to 4 inches in diameter) on top of the rice papers and using a small paring knife, cut around the bowl to make the dumpling wrapper.

Place about 1 tablespoon of the lamb mixture on the dumpling wrapperand fold one side over to make a half circle. Gather the edges together and press well to seal. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

Heat a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

Working in batches, arrange the dumplings in the pan close to each otherbut not touching and cook on one side for 3 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle 2 to 3 teaspoons of water over the dumplings and immediately put the lid on the pan. Let steam for 3 minutes. Do not over-cook. Transfer the dumplings to a serving platter. Wipe out the pan and repeat the process until all dumplings are cooked. Serve with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:

Combine San-J Tamari, rice vinegar, honey, and chili garlic sauce. Serve with potstickers.


  • Prosperous New Year Stir Fry: Delicious vegetable and tofu stir fry tossed with Tamari, topped with a dollop of yogurt pomegranate seeds, pistachios and cilantro. 

Makes 4
By Carol Kicinski

Prosperous New Year Stir Fry2


  • 6 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon San-J Tamari
  • 3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 3 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 pound Extra Firm Tofu, drained on paper towels and cut into i inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 large Red Onion, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ¼ cup Pistachios, chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 4 cups Cooked Rice for serving

Cooking Instructions

Combine 6 tablespoons San-J Tamari, vinegar, garlic, cumin, and redpepper flakes in a mixing bowl. Add the cubed tofu and toss gently. Let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and pat dry.Toss the tofu with the cornstarch to coat. Reserve the marinade.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add theonion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove the onion from the pan.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, let it heat up then add the tofuin one layer. Let the tofu cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Flip and brown 2 minutes on each side. Add the onions and reserved marinade back to the pan and cook, stirring gently, until heated through, about 1 minute.

Stir 1 teaspoon San-J Tamari into the yogurt. Serve the tofu mixture over rice topped with a dollop of yogurt, pomegranate seeds, chopped pistachios, and cilantro leaves.


  • Good Fortune Cookies: Rich chocolate and Tamari filled almond cookies decorated with half almonds.

Servings: 24 cookies

By Carol Kicinski

Good Fortune Cookies1


  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
  • 1½ cups Almond Flour or very finely ground almonds
  • 24 Whole Almonds, blanched
  • ¾ cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon San-J Tamari

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paperor silicon baking mats.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites and salt, then beat on high speed until soft peaks start to form. With the mixer running, add the sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating until the mixture is very thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Using a large spatula, stir in the almond flour making sure everything is well combined. The mixture will be very thick.

Using a tablespoon or a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop mounds of the cookies on the prepared baking sheets spacing them 2 inches apart. Place a whole blanched almond on half of the cookies. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Combine the chocolate chips, cream, and San-J Tamari in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring, until chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth. Spread some of the chocolate mixture on the flat side of one of the cookies without the almond. Top with a cookie with an almond, almond side up, and gently press together. Repeat with remaining chocolate and cookies.

More about San-J’s Tamari:
San-J’s premium gluten free Tamari Soy Sauce is naturally brewed from 100% soybeans for up to six months using traditional Japanese methods. For over 200 years, San-J’s Tamari is brewed with no wheat for a richer, smoother, more refined taste than regular soy sauces (that can contain 40-60% wheat). San-J’s Tamari is also Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher and free from artificial preservatives or additives.

San-J’s Premium Gluten Free Tamari soy sauces, including Tamari Black Label (ARP $2.99), Gold Label Tamari (ARP $4.28) and Tamari Lite 50% Less Sodium (ARP $3.87), are available at natural food stores including select Whole Foods Markets and major grocery stores.

For more information about San-J products and recipes, visit: www.san-j.com


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